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Comics Shipping for 3/25/09

DARK HORSE COMICS

Conan the Cimmerian #9
Indiana Jokes and Tomb of the Gods #4
Star Wars Legacy #34
Umbrella Academy Dallas #5
Usagi Yojimbo #119

DC COMICS

Batman: Battle for the Cowl, Commissioner Gorgon #1
Batman: Gotham After Midnight #11 (of 12)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold #3
Cartoon Network Block Party #55
Gears of War #5
Jack of Fables #32
Justice League of America #31
Madame Xanadu #9
Oracle #1 (of 3)
Planetary #1
Resistance #4 (of 6)
Superman #686
Top 10 Special #1
Trinity #43
Unknown Soldier #6
War That Time Forgot #11 (of 12)
Wildcats #9
Wonder Woman #30

IMAGE COMICS

Amber Atoms #2
Darkness #76
Elephantmen #17
Spawn #190

MARVEL COMICS
Amazing Spider-man #589
Captain America #48
Daredevil #117
Dark Reign Elektra #1 (of 5)
Fantastic Four #565
Guardians of Galaxy #12
Immortal Iron Fist #24
Incredible Hercules #127
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #46
Mighty Avengers #23
Ms Marvel #37
New Avengers #51
Nova #23
Runaways #8
Skaar: Son of Hulk #9
Squradron Supreme #9
Thunderbolts #139
War Machine #4
War of Kings: Darkhawk #2 (of 2)
Wolverine: First Class #13
X-Infernus #4 (of 4)
X-Men: Kingbreaker #4 (of 4)
X-Men: Sword of Braddocks
X-Men: Times and Life of Lucas bishon #2 (of 3)
Young X-Men #12

OTHER PUBLISHERS

Archie #595
Archie: Double Digest #197
Battlestar Galactica: Cylon War #3 (of 4)
Caped #1 (of 4)
Crossed #4 ( of 9)
Death Defying Devil #4
Futurama Comics #42
GI Joe Origina #2
Incredibles: Family Matters #1 (of 4)
Mupper Show #1 (OF 4)
Sonic Universe #2
Terminator Salvation – Movie Prequel #3 (of 4)
Transformers: All Hail Megatron

Marvel is having a big week, with a lot of titles comic out, and several miniseries coming to an end.  There’s also a good number of palindrome comics, the ones that I remember specifically were Superman and Fantastic Four, and upon rechecking, Archie.  Three for one week is pretty high.  This is a pretty heavy week for me, with Captain America, War Machine, Hercules (which I have to remember to add to my pull list because I love it), X-Men, Conan, Star Wars, as well as Batman.  Overstreet comic book pricing guides are also released this week in both hard and soft cover.  What comics are you going to pick up?  Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!

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Watching the Watchmen

Let me start by saying that the Watchmen was absolutely fantastic, not as amazing or indepth as the novel, but it’s pretty damn close.  I have spoken to many people who saw it and had not read the novel, and I received two distinct points of view.  Either they liked it because of the action, or did not like it due to its graphic nature.  This is something that will be interesting to talk about in the near future, comic book movies have become so closely associated with X-Men and Spider-man that people figured that Watchmen would be another feel good movie.  Sorry guys.  Before I talk about what others did not like about it though, let me tell you about why I felt it was the best movie I have seen in a long long time.

First off, the casting was phenomenal.  I think that directors of comic based movies have learned that comic enthusiasts appreciate more than others that the actors physically resemble their heroes.  This translates into acquiring sometimes less famous actors to play the parts of lead roles.  Just look at Jackie Earle Haley, he did nothing between 1993 and 2006, unless you count working as a security guard, limo driver, or pizza delivery guy.  But he was the best goddamn Rorschach anyone could have hoped for!  Another fine example outside of watchmen, was Patrick Stewart as Professor X, I can not think of anyone more ideal for that role.  Do you have any other examples of good or bad casting for comic book movies?  Leave a comment and let me know, or shoot me a message on Twitter.

On the subject of Jackie Earle Haley, his fit for the role goes beyond merely looking like Rorschach.  That guy can act.  He wasn’t hiding behind the mask at all.  I’ve never had to beg for death, and I’m pretty sure he hasn’t either, but man could he do it, and it was probably one of the most powerful scenes in the movie.  However, another reason he was good for the part was his martial arts experience.  This segues nicely into the fight choreography, which was also amazing.  As someone who has a fair amount of experience (in fighting, not choreography), the fight scenes were pretty outstanding.  If you couldn’t tell, I have almost nothing but praise for Watchmen.

Any ciritism I do have is minor, such as, the director couldn’t seem to decide if Rorschach called his mask his face or his mask.  He refers to it twice, and one he calls it his face, the other his mask.  I am someone who appreciates above all other things, faithfulness to source material.  I prefer the first Lord of the Rings movie to the other two because it is most faithful to the books.  All in all, I would recommend Watchmen to any comic book fan, it is two hours and fourty three minutes of awesome.

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Comics Shipping for 12/4

Comics are shipping on THURSDAY this week remember.  DO NOT GO on Wednesday, they will not be there.  Instead, check back here at Your Comic Relief!

DARK HORSE


CREEPY ARCHIVES HC VOL 02 $49.95
CRIMINAL MACABRE CELL BLOCK 666 #2 (OF 4) $2.99
HELLBOY WILD HUNT #1 (OF 8) $2.99
KULL #2 (OF 6) $2.99
MAGICMAN ARCHIVES HC VOL 01 $59.95
SOLOMON KANE #3 (OF 5) $2.99

DC COMICS


ARMY @ LOVE THE ART OF WAR #5 (OF 6) $2.99
AUTHORITY #5 $2.99
BATMAN #682 $2.99
BATMAN #682 VAR ED $tbd
CHUCK #6 (OF 6) $2.99
EL DIABLO #4 (OF 6) $2.99
HAUNTED TANK #1 COVER A (OF 5) $2.99
JONAH HEX #38 $2.99
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #21 $2.99
LOONEY TUNES #169 $2.50
SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #2 (OF 4) $2.99
SANDMAN DREAM HUNTERS #2 (OF 4) VAR ED $tbd
SGT ROCK THE LOST BATTALION #2 (OF 6) $2.99
SHOWCASE PRESENTS SUPERGIRL TP VOL 02 $16.99
SPIRIT TP VOL 01 $19.99
SUPERGIRL COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE 8TH GRADE #1 $2.50
SUPERMAN BATMAN VENGEANCE TP $12.99
SUPERMAN SUPERGIRL MAELSTROM #3 (OF 5) $2.99
TEEN TITANS ON THE CLOCK TP $14.99
TERRA #3 (OF 4) $2.99
TERROR TITANS #3 (OF 6) $2.99
TRINITY #27 $2.99
VIXEN RETURN OF THE LION #3 (OF 5) $2.99

IMAGE


ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #10 $2.99
BROKEN TRINITY WITCHBLADE BLAKE CVR A (ONE SHOT) $2.99
BROKEN TRINITY WITCHBLADE SPOKES CVR B (ONE SHOT) $2.99
CHARLATAN BALL #5 $2.50
DARKNESS #72 LUCAS CVR A $2.99
DARKNESS #72 SEJIC CVR B $2.99
GODLAND TP VOL 04 AMPLIFIED NOW $14.99
I HATE GALLANT GIRL #2 (OF 3) $3.50
JINGLE BELLE SANTA CLAUS VS FRANKENSTEIN (ONE SHOT $2.99
JINGLE BELLE SANTA CLAUS VS FRANKENSTEIN (ONE SHOT $2.99
MICE TEMPLAR HC VOL 01 THE PROPHECY $29.99
NOBLE CAUSES #38 $3.50
PHONOGRAM TP VOL 01 RUE BRITANNA $14.99
SWORD #13 $2.99
YOUNGBLOOD #6 $2.99
ZERO G #3 (OF 4) $2.99

MARVEL


AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579 $2.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579 VILLAIN VAR $2.99
ANITA BLAKE VH LAUGHING CORPSE #3 (OF 5) $3.99
CABLE #9 $2.99
CRIMINAL 2 #7 $3.50
DAREDEVIL BY MILLER JANSON TP VOL 02 $29.99
ENDERS SHADOW BATTLE SCHOOL #1 (OF 5) $3.99
ESSENTIAL WOLVERINE TP VOL 05 $16.99
ETERNALS #6 $2.99
HULK FAMILY GREEN GENES #1 $4.99
IMMORTAL IRON FIST #20 $2.99
INFINITY CRUSADE TP VOL 01 $29.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 01 DM ED 1 MOVIE $24.99
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 01 DM ED 2 $24.99
IRON MAN HULK FURY ONE SHOT $3.99
MARVEL ADVENTURES HULK TP VOL 04 DIGEST $8.99
MARVEL SPOTLIGHT SECRET INVASION AFTERMATH $2.99
MARVEL ZOMBIES 3 #3 (OF 4) $3.99
MARVELS EYE OF CAMERA #1 (OF 6) $3.99
MOON KNIGHT SILENT KNIGHT #1 $3.99
NEW AVENGERS #47 SI $2.99
NEW EXILES #15 $2.99
NEW EXILES TP VOL 02 SOUL AWAKENING $15.99
NYX NO WAY HOME #4 (OF 6) $3.99
PUNISHER MAX X-MAS SPECIAL 2008 $3.99
SECRET INVASION #8 (OF 8) SI $3.99
SECRET INVASION #8 (OF 8) YU SKETCH VAR SI $tbd
SECRET INVASION #8 (OF 8) YU VAR SI $tbd
SECRET INVASION FRONT LINE #5 (OF 5) SI $2.99
SHE HULK COSMIC COLLISION $3.99
WEAPON X FIRST CLASS #2 (OF 3) $3.99
WHAT IF HOUSE OF M $3.99
WOLVERINE MANIFEST DESTINY #2 (OF 4) MD $2.99
WOLVERINE POWER PACK #2 (OF 4) $2.99
X-INFERNUS #1 (OF 4) $3.99
X-INFERNUS #1 (OF 4) CAMPBELL VAR $tbd
X-MEN MANIFEST DESTINY #4 (OF 5) MD $3.99
X-MEN NOIR #1 (OF 4) $3.99
X-MEN NOIR #1 (OF 4) CALERO VAR $tbd

OTHER PUBLISHERS


ARCHIE DOUBLE DIGEST #194 $3.69
BETTY #177 $2.25
BOYS #25 $2.99
COMPLETE TERRY & THE PIRATES HC VOL 05 $49.99
DOCTOR WHO FORGOTTEN #4 (C: 1-0-0) $3.99
FROM HELL TP $35
HACK SLASH SERIES #18 SEELEY CVR A $3.50
JACK AND THE BOX GN $12.95
JUGHEAD #192 $2.25
JUNGLE GIRL SEASON 2 #2 $3.50
KNIGHTS OF THE DINNER TABLE #145 $4.99
LIBERTY COMICS A CBLDF BENEFIT BOOK (NEW PTG) $3.99
MODERN MASTERS SC VOL 19 MIKE PLOOG $14.95
NECRONOMICON #3 (OF 4) $3.99
SIR APROPOS OF NOTHING #2 (OF 5) $3.99
TALES FROM THE CRYPT #9 $3.95
TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED ARRIVAL #5 $3.99
WALT DISNEYS CHRISTMAS PARADE #5 $9.50
WARHAMMER CONDEMNED BY FIRE #3 (OF 5) CVR A $3.99
XENA VS ARMY OF DARKNESS WHAT AGAIN #2 $3.50

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Review: Gears of War #1

Lead up to the Story
This comic is based on the video game for the Xbox 360, is written by Hoshua Ortega, illustrated by Liam Sharp, and published by Wildstorm comics.  It is set two months after the end of the first Gears of War game in which a “lightmass” bomb was detonated at a location called Timgad, supposedly destroying the bulk of the locust (bad guys) army.  The main character is Marcus Fenix, who is supported always by Dom Santiago both have a returning role from the game.  The other characters shown so far are exclusive to the comic book.  Usually I do a plot synopsis section, but this issue can be summed up by saying that they start out looking for guys, find one, and then start their trip home.  Then they get shot at.  Seriously, that’s it.  There’s really not much to it.

Art Critique
Personally, as someone who has eagerly anticipated both games, and played them both to completion, I am willing to say that Sharp has managed to almost capture the dark and gloomy aspect of the game.  The opening is very cool, very modern, with only a red and black pallet, and does seem to encompass the feel of the game.  However, as it continues on through, parts of it just don’t feel right.  Any panel that has a strong close up view looks great, but anything from far away looks like it was rushed, or done poorly.  It’s like some kind of reverse-Monet.  Personally I found it lacking

Is it Worth Buying?
For anyone who is new here, I use this section to discuss things that don’t fit in other parts of the review.  Also, I refuse to give a rating out of ten.  It is my firm belief that comics, like any other art or literary form, can not simply be judged as a 6, or an 8, and to do so does them injustice which cheapens them as a medium.  That said, I did not like this comic.  For the reasons mentioned above; seemingly ‘off’ artwork, and a lackluster story, but also because every other page seemed to be an ad.  While I understand that comics make most of their money from ad space, it really seemed like every right hand side page was an ad.  There were 22 pages of comic, and 17 pages of ads.  Seventeen!  That’s just way too much.  So, no.  I would not recommend this, but if you are a huge gears of war fan, you might appreciate it.

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Review: Green Lantern: Rebirth

Before beginning, I would like to offer up thanks to Crackerbob, Chris, and kcgadiyar who came to my aid in my hour of need.  This was written by Geoff Johns, drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, and inked by Prentis Rollins.  I picked up the Green Lantern: Rebirth trade today at the advisement of the above mentioned commenters, and I think I liked it.  I say I think because I had no idea what was going on for the first few pages…. issues… ok, I was clueless for the entire first half but I think I worked it out in the end.  There’s a guy with a ring, except there are lots of guys that could have a ring if the guy dies (there used to be lots of them), but if the guy isn’t really dead or his body might be in the sun but then again it’s in a coffin in the Justice League maybe-secret (I’m not sure but it’s pretty big so maybe not) hideout.  So if there are guys cause the first guy died but then he comes back they can still hangout with their rings…. and stuff.

In all seriousness, I liked it.  Even though I was totally clueless for the first half, it was good.  The story was good once it got rolling, Green Arrow was cool, Batman was kinda a dick.  The idea of the Green Lantern, and the Corps has always interested me, the whole space odessy thing, with all the different lanterns.  It has a Star Wars-esque sort of feel for me, and I really love Star Wars.  I think the main problem for me following the book was they they often refer to each other by their real names, which I am not familiar with yet, but also because there were multiple parallel story lines going on which were all connected, but not in the ways I understood.  Once I went back and re-read them after finishing the book, it was much more lucid.

The Art was very top notch.  Everything was so detailed and sharp.  As I read a comic I often like to stop and appreciate the work the artist has put into each panel; notice which non-dialogue characters they chose to show in the background, and from what angle they visualized the situation.  Van Sciver absolutely delivered in giving me something to look at and be entertained by.  He managed to strike that difficult to obtain balance between having a busy background that distracts from the action/plot, and having a boring background, which really makes a comic seem bland and something you just want to speed through.

I can see that Green Lantern will definately be something I will be picking up in the future.

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YCR Presents: Thanksgiving Day Top 6 Marvel Titles to be Thankful For

Welcome one and all!  Welcome to the latest issue of Your Comic Relief presents.  This time?  Your top 6 comics to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!  Please take the time to comment and leave me some feedback!  It is much appreciated.

6. Incredible Hercules

A title that I am quite partial to, as I am a huge fan of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology, Incredible Hercules took over from the Incredible Hulk after World War Hulk ended.  This issue has been faily reliable in terms of quality.  Hercules, accompanied by Amadeus Cho, has set off destroying just about anything in their path, and while much of this has been Cho’s conniving, it has also been Herc’s unpredictability that serves as the catalyst for their antics.  In fact, watching their interactions is one of the many joys this title offers.

5. Uncanny X-Men

Uncanny X-Men had some problems with messiah Complex, it really was just OK.  Not as awesome as it should have been or really as we were promised it would be.  However, the last 6-8 issues of Uncanny have been absolutely fantastic.  Another product of Brubaker’s undeniable, and often simply unbelievable contributions to Marvel.  Now co-authored by Matt Fraction and Ed Brubaker as of issue 502  My favourite part of the last 3 or so issues have been the (re)introductions of each of the characters in each issue, which the authors have taken as an opportunity to make some much appreciated jokes.  Of the jokes, I think the best one has to be calling Wolverine “ubiquitous,” meaning everywhere at once.  I have to assume this is a reference to Wolverine appearing in so many Marvel publications, I remember over the summer there was a week where he was in every single release, and I’m sure that can’t be the only time – just the time I noticed.  Another aspect of this that I have greatly appreciated is the expansion of Pixie as a character; previously a side character in the x-men B-team, but she is now turning into an actual relatable character.  This, mixed with the recent storyline, allows Uncanny X-Men to make the cut into the Your Comic Relief Thanksgiving Top 6.

4. Cable & Deadpool and Deadpool

I have included both titles in this, because in my mind, the star of C&D really was Deadpool, with Cable serving to create meaningful plot devices and serve as a rational figure by which we could appreciate how utterly absurd Deadpool is.  The last several issues of Cable & Deadpool, the “X and Deadpool” run, while we were supposed to believe Cable was dead.  Did anyone raelly think that?  The new Deadpool series features Deadpool still actively ambiguous about his allegiances, and whether this is a function of his dubious (at best) mental compas, or his ever blossoming psychosis, I don’t think even Marvel Knows.

3.  Wolverine Origins

Written by Daniel Way, and illustrated by Steve Dillon, Wolverine Origins has delivered unique story arcs to us all year.  With guest appearances from Deadpool, Captain America, and most recently Daken (Wolverine’s Son).  Probably one of the best arcs of the year in my opinion was the confrontation between Wolverine and Deadpool.  A matchup that people had been waiting for for years; while they did meet up in Cable & Deadpool, it was overhyped and anticlimactic at best.  This time, it went on for several issues, and really delivered.  This title has had the ability to run the gamut of emotional possibilities, from the more serious aspect of the Cap’s storyline to the sheer ridiculousness of Deadpool.  It didn’t stop there however, the story right now of Wolverine and Daken is a reminder to the seriousness of Wolverine’s past, the decisions he has had to make, and stands in stark juxtaposition to the humor of seeing the Wolverine-Deadpool confrontation through the warped mind and eyes of Deadpool.

2. Iron Man

This title has had its ups and downs as of late.  Back when it was Iron Man: Director of Shield, which was before 2008 if I’m not mistaken but bear with me, it was very hit or miss.  There was some subplot of “Iron Man might be Crazy!!!”  Very hit or miss unfortunately.  However, with the most recent story arc of nuclear threat (which as an aside, reminds me of the Ultimate Iron Man II series of 4), Tony Stark has had the opportunity to return to his self-sacrificing…. self.  If you get right down to it, I firmly believe that this is why the Director of Shield thing didn’t work out so well.  he had too much responsibility that he couldn’t afford to do something that everyone else saw as incredibly stupid.  More often than not, his decisions have been incredibly reckless, but he saw that it had to be done, and he was the only one who could do it, such as defusing a nuclear weapon about to go off.  As with Uncanny X-Men, the most recent story arc really makes this much more of a contender than it previously would have been, not to say that before this arc has been bad mind you!  Also, Warmachine is totally badass, and anyone who disagrees has to answer to giant space robot.  They should pay me to love Ironman and the Number One pick this much, am I right?  Now for the number one reason to thank marvel this Thanksgiving!

1. Captain America

Captain America has been Ed Brubaker’s work this year, and damn does he do good work.  In my opinion, this has been THE title to read this year.  Every issue has just been stellar.  I’m not even sure to begin, and am a little ashamed that this paragraph is so much shorter than the others, but honestly, it’s just all good.  It is always the first comic I read whenever I get it home, bar none.  Bucky is shaping up to be a fantastic new Cap, ant the interplay between Faustis and the Red Skull has been fantastic, with plots within plots.  Agent 13 and Falcon have been well developed, but really, the best part has been how in each issue a little more of the Skull’s plot has been revealed to us.

Well, that’s that.  Those of you that know me may have noticed something.  Where’s Thor? Thor this year has been rather lackluster this year, and much to my chagrin (I’m trying to use that word more often, as I always have to look it up).  And this makes Thor sad:

While there have been some cool Thor tie ins, the Secret Invasion was entertaining if nothing else, the bit that happened about Egypt was pretty cool too, and was a cool insight into how the Marvel universe allows for seperate sets of deities, especially if you read the Incredible Hercules as well, issues like 114-117 or something like that.  But I decided to limit myself to regular titles, and not consider limited series such as Logan by Marvel Knights (which is beyond fantastic by the way), or the numerous Thor extra releases recently.  Once again, let me know what you think of my list, and, if any comic bloggers who are big DC fans would like to do a DC version, I would be honored to publish it, and of course link to it.  Just in the spirit of fairness, I would like to have a DC version, but in the spirit of honesty I don’t know much about DC.  That’s it for YCR Presents, have a happy thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!  Personally I am thankful for my health, family, and safety, my thumbs, and living in a country where I can soon apply to become an American citizen.  That said, my girlfriend told me that an unspoken requirement for citizenship is to watch the Macy’s Day parade.  As such, I am doing so, I really enjoyed the Rick Roll, which if you missed is on the internet here.  To keep things on a comic level, although it is a very personal day for many people, I’ve noticed that many comic blogs are taking today as an opportunity to compare DC’s version of Rockwell’s thanksgiving to the original.

While apparently I am doing the same, I would like to add an extra, a Macy’s Parade spiderman.  Not everyone is posting short updates today.  4thletter added an unbelievably long talk into… I don’t even know what, it took me 2-4 different sittings to read the whole thing.  It went from Venom to Mace (yes, that’s right, Mace), and back to venom with some spiderman clone action.  Know what?  Read it for yourself, it’s pretty good, just long.  With that, check back later today for my top six Marvel titles of 2008 to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

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